Board of Commissioners

Carter Woodruff

Board President Carter Woodruff

Carter Woodruff became a member of Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County’s Board of Commissioners in 2005, having previously served as an advisor to the board since 1997. He has been President of the Board for the past two years. He graduated from Riverdale High School in 1976 and then graduated from MTSU with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Business in 1980.

Carter retired from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America in 2022. He had been employed there since 1980 and was a Senior Agricultural Financial Services Officer, serving several counties in the Middle Tennessee area. He was inducted into the Sales Hall of Fame for the Fourth Farm Credit District in Louisville, Kentucky at the inaugural ceremony in 2006.

He currently serves as a board member for the Soil Conservation District of Rutherford County, the Rutherford County Farmers Co-op, the Rutherford County Farm Bureau (treasurer) and the Bedford County Fair Association Board (he is one of the original founders of the fair).  He is a member of the Rutherford County Sportsman club and the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association.  He formerly served as a member of the Central Tennessee Solid Waste Planning Board (representing Rutherford County) and the original Rutherford County Storm Water Advisory Committee.

Carter has a sizable beef cattle operation on his farms in the Crescent and Barfield communities of Rutherford County. He enjoys the old ways of farming, having had mules and horses, and has heritage farm implements and tools that he exhibits at fairs and farm events to educate young people.  He enjoys hunting and is an ardent Tennessee Titans fan.

He and his wife, Marvene, live in the Crescent community of Rutherford County and are the parents of two daughters, Marianna and Elizabeth.  They are active members in the Fosterville Church of Christ where Carter serves as an Elder.

Rosemary Owens

Board Vice President Dr. Rosemary Owens

Dr. Rosemary Owens became a member of Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County’s Board of Commissioners in 1996. Dr. Owens is a life-long resident of Walter Hill, Tennessee. After graduating from Walter Hill High School, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University she taught at the Mitchell Neilson Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, and served as a College Dean at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Owens has served the community as an Advisor for Hospice of Murfreesboro, Advisor for the Tennessee Technology Center, member of the Rutherford County Planning Commission, member of the Education 2000 Task Force, Rutherford County Adult, Activity Center Board, American Heart Association Board, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee – Murfreesboro.

She is a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Walter Hill, Tennessee. Her husband, son, and daughter are all credentialed educators in Tennessee.

Craig Lynch

Board Secretary/Treasurer Craig Lynch

Craig Lynch became a member of Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County’s Board of Commissioners in 1990 with previous service as an advisor. He is a 1964 graduate of Christiana High School and graduated from MTSU with a marketing major in 1972. During this time period he spent four years in USAF. He became employed in the United States Postal Service in 1980 serving at the Fosterville Post Office. He retired from this position in 2009.

Craig is a former director of the Middle Tennessee Christian School. He serves on the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission, Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and Fosterville/Midland Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors. Craig is also a member of the Sportsman Club.

He enjoys hunting, collecting rural items of the past, and entertaining in their log cabin. He likes to talk with others about early history of the community and the county.  He and his wife Pam, live in the Fosterville community, have raised two children, and enjoy managing the family farm. They are both active members of the Fosterville Church of Christ, where Craig serves as an elder.

Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick

Board Commissioner Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick

Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick became a member of Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County’s Board of Commissioners in January 2017, before which she was an active Board Advisor since February of 2007. Ms. Roehrich-Patrick is the former executive director of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, a state agency formed in 1978 to serve as a forum for discussion and resolution of intergovernmental problems affecting Tennessee residents. Ms. Roehrich-Patrick was a founding member of Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT), represented Rutherford County on its board from 2000 to 2018, and chaired the board from 2016 to 2018. CRT is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to address regional challenges and opportunities created by growth and development in Middle Tennessee.

Ms. Roehrich-Patrick served on the steering committees for Rutherford County’s 2011 comprehensive plan and its 2017-2018 solid waste study and for the City of Murfreesboro’s land use plan for the Blackman community, where she and her husband, Steve Patrick, have lived since 1985.

Trey Smith

Board Commissioner Trey Smith

Hassel B. “Trey” Smith, III became an advisor to Consolidated Utility District’s Board of Commissioners in June 2011 and transitioned to the role of commissioner in January 2022. He is a 1989 graduate of Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University, Auburn, AL in 1995.

Trey has been employed by Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative in LaVergne for over 28 years and is currently the manager of the Ag Equipment USA and Petroleum Departments. He is a current Board member of Rutherford Farm Bureau and also served as a Board member on the Farm-Credit Mid America local advisory board from 2004-2012. Trey is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rutherford.

Trey resides on his third-generation family farm that continues in agricultural production with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. They are members of the First United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro.

Chip Pinion

Board Advisor Chip Pinion

Chip Pinion became an advisor to Consolidated Utility District’s Board of Commissioners in January 2017. He is a 1995 graduate of Union City High School in Union City, TN. He received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The University of Tennessee at Martin in June 2000.

Chip is an Electrical Engineer and is currently employed by Southern States, LLC as an Area Sales Manager.  He is a member of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission and a 2016 graduate of Leadership Rutherford. Chip has served as a volunteer Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Riverdale High School and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for Eagleville Middle School Girls Basketball.

Chip enjoys going to NASCAR races and camping with his family, hunting, and golfing. He resides in the Eagleville community along with his wife, Mandy, and their two children, Paige and Tryson.

Allen Swader

Board Advisor Allen Swader

Allen Swader became an advisor to Consolidated Utility District’s Board of Commissioners in February 2018. He received a bachelor’s degree from Carson Newman University and has completed a multitude of fire-related courses.

Allen is a native of Rutherford County and retired with the City of Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department after 30 years of service. His career began with the department in 1990 as a firefighter, and he was promoted to fire inspector in 1996, advancing to the rank of Assistant Chief in 2001. He is state certified as Officer 1 and 2, Instructor 1, Safety Officer, Fire Inspector 1 and Medical First Responder. He was also the first Public Information Officer to be appointed to the department.

Allen serves on the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission (Board of Zoning Appeals), the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County Board, and he currently works with the State of Tennessee as a Fire Marshal. He also serves on several committees with Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, including  his work as Chairman of the Trustees and president of the male chorus.

Allen resides in Murfreesboro with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Zion and Amari.

Robin Blackman

Board Advisor Dr. Robin Blackman

Dr. Robin Blackman joined the Board of Commissioners for Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County as an Advisor in January 2022. Dr. Blackman received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Computer Information Systems and a master’s degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  Dr. Blackman also received a doctorate from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in Instructional Technology.

Dr. Blackman currently serves as the Senior Program Executive Director of the HBCU C2 Initiative (an APPLE Incorporated funded program) for the National Center for SMART Technology Innovations at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In this capacity, she works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country promoting SMART Technology Innovations, educational equity, and addressing community challenges in underserved areas using app design and Apple’s Swift programming language.

Dr. Blackman volunteered for several years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and is currently looking for opportunities to expose young girls to coding to help close the gender gap in STEM fields. Dr. Blackman also serves as Treasurer for the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County.

John L. Batey, Jr.

Emeritus Commissioner
Emeritus Commissioner John L. Batey, Jr.

John L. Batey, Jr. has been associated with Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County since the 1980s and served as the President of the Board of Commissioners from 1986-2021.

He is a native of Rutherford County. Raised in the Blackman community, where he still resides, he is a sixth-generation farmer. John graduated from Central High School and received his degree in Agriculture from MTSU. During the 1960s, he served for several years in the National Guard.

He is a past president of Rutherford County Farm Bureau, for which he serves as an active board member. He is also a past chairman of Farm Service Agency and served on the state board as well.

John has been a board member of the Rutherford Coop for many years. He is active in Tennessee Pork Producers and has served as president. Currently, he is co-chairman of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, which is a long-range planning group for Middle Tennessee. He is involved with the Blackman Community Club and the Sportsman’s Club, among other community interests.

He is married to the former Melissa Weatherford and has three children and nine grandchildren. He is a member of the Blackman United Methodist Church.